From exciting cable car rides to miniature railways to stepping back in time at a grand house, we’ve picked out ten amazing places to visit in Cork with the kids.
Fota Wildlife Park in Carrigtwohill is an award-winning park and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Munster. Here you can come face to face with animals and birds from around the globe as you wander through the beautiful 70 acre park.
Fota is home to many of the world’s most highly endangered species such as the Lion Tailed Macaque, Rothschild Giraffe, European Bison and Scimitar Horned Oryx. See a Kangaroo hop in front of you or get close to a Ring-tailed Lemur! Kids can explore and learn throughout the day. Children under three go free.
Visitors can have lunch or a snack at the Savannah Café, or the Oasis Café also serves a range of hot food options. There is a playground and a large picnic area with plenty of benches and a marquee.
Once you’ve explored the Wildlife Park, next stop should be Fota House and Gardens. This wonderful place offers visitors a look at how life was lived in the past, whether as a servant or as a member of the gentry. When you tour the house you get to see behind the scenes to the bedrooms and a Victorian nursery. Then visit the service wing, where you can see the working conditions of all the servants.
“Where is Mrs Kevin’s Cat?!” is a families tour through the House with a dedicated guide, solving the mystery of where the house keeper’s cat has got to. It’s a great way for children to enjoy learning about the house and the people who lived here.
Or you can go Digging for History in their award winning Victorian Working Garden, with a tour through the Victorian glasshouses with fun facts for kids, finishing off with a chance to pot up their own plant to take home and cherish. Both the Mrs Kevin’s Cat tour and Digging for History are suitable from 4 to about 11.
They also have fantastic trails for kids to follow in the gardens they have some really fun ones e.g. Junior Plant Hunters Activity Trail, Little Explorers Trail, and a Tree Trail. Enjoy refreshments at the Cafe once you have finished with all of those fun activities!